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Dreamy Landscapes captured in Medium-Format by Jennifer Court

A talented musician & photographer, Jennifer Court uses medium format to capture beautiful landscapes. She recently had an exhibition of all double-expsures taken with her Hasselblad. I asked Jennifer some questions about her process. Read after the jump for some photos and see what she had to say.

Jennifer Anne Court and I live in the same city, and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on some music-related projects for her band, Comfort Clouds, and others within the Discrete Spectrum roster. She uses the iconic (and heavy) Hasselblad camera, a swedish-made medium-format production dates back to WWII. Whether Jennifer is shooting in color or black & white, her photos have a distinct, rustic feel. I really like how the photos below all seemingly go together, despite the varying setting, subject, film & technique. Earlier this year, she had an exhibition that was comprised of all double-exposures, and some of those photos are included, here.

She’s also recently been working on a new project where she photographs rain through her car windshield with a macro-lens; a study of the way the surrounding lights refract through the raindrops. The results are very organic, colorful, almost scientific, images. See one of these photos on National Geographic.

Name: Jennifer Anne Court
Location: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve been taking photos since I was 9, when my great aunt gave me a Kodak Hawkeye Pocket Instamatic Camera, I’ve been amazed by being able to capture time, ever since.

2. What cameras and film do you typically use?
When shooting medium format I use a Hasselblad 503CW with Fujicolor Professional Pro 400 120mm or Ilford H5 400. I also use a Polaroid One with Impossible PX 680 Color Shade, Polaroid Spectra with Impossible 600ASA PZ Black Frame & my personal favorite, Polaroid Color Pack IV with FP-3000B, or FP-100C.

3. I love the rustic feel of your photos, which seem very midwestern to me. But they also look like they’re taken in several different places, where were these photos taken?
I suppose you’re right, most of these photos are taken in “midwestern” towns of Ohio; Salem, Munroe Falls, Cleveland & Cuyahoga Falls. A few were taken along the waterfront in Buffalo, New York.

4. What is your process for taking multiple-exposures? Do you have any secrets you want to reveal?
Most of what I know about multiple-exposure photography comes from reading about Suzy Allman, a freelance photographer in New York. She suggests to pay attention to white space because when you take your initial exposure the white space will stay white and the dark spaces will be overlayed. That was the most helpful suggestion I’ve found. It’s a challenging process and I’m still learning a lot with every roll. I find writing the settings down helps keep a better perspective.

5. What are some other projects you’re working on right now?
I’m currently working on a double exposure polaroid project. I’m excited about it but I find it more challenging than medium format so it’s a little slow moving.

Don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s photography website, and expect some more articles from me in 2013!

written by charliewagers

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